Depending on which Final Fantasy XIV server you play on, player housing can be very different experiences. If you are on a server like mine, it can be a fun time waster and sink for your excess gil, allowing yourself or your free company to design and decorate a hangout spot of your liking – from a small cottage to a massive mansion. But if you are on one of the more populated servers it can be a source of stress, with many people vying for a limited number of free plots, and updates which introduce new housing districts as “Housing Savage”.
This issue has been exacerbated across all servers since the COVID-19 pandemic hit, with the standard 40-day auto demolition timers for all housing being indefinitely postponed. Additional districts were added a short while back to mitigate this impact, but ultimately many still came up short – especially those looking to upgrade to a medium or large plot.
The Square Enix development team has confirmed that auto demolition timers will recommence as soon as Patch 5.4, currently scheduled to go live in December 2020, goes live on servers. This means that those taking time of during the holiday season may want to keep an eye out for any desirable plots becoming free. Depending on how the COVID-19 pandemic continues from this point, additional timer suspensions have not been ruled out.
For more information on how this may impact you, visit the official Final Fantasy XIV Lodestone website. But if you have a plot you haven’t visited since March, you may want to log back in to ensure your hard work is not forcibly removed from your plot.